Celta vs Manchester United

Celta Vigo have only one focus this season with safety guaranteed for them in La Liga and that is winning the UEFA Europa League with the aim of qualifying for the Champions League. Celta Vigo come into this game boasting a strong bunch of young talent including the likes of Aspas (5 goals, 2 assists), Guidetti (4 goals, 2 assists) and Daniel Wass (2 goals, 1 assist) who have been leading their line to a string o strong performances. Celta Vigo had been doing well in the league but decided to put in full efforts in this competition once their safety was guaranteed. Celta Vigo have been dangerous at home scoring in 5 out of their 6 Europa League games, with only a loss to Shakhtar 1-0 stopped them from scoring. Their manager has developed them into a strong counter attacking side which has shown to help them score against many oppositions including their 4-3 win over Barcelona earlier in the season. Celta Vigo’s defense has been quite shaky conceding in 7 out of their last 8 contests against all opposition. Celta Vigo have one strong advantage coming into this game is that a lot of their starting XI have been quite well rested ahead of this game.

Manchester United currently are the favorites for the competition because, for well they have Jose Mourinho who is at the helm, they have a lot of injured players and have made it extremely clear that they are over committing to this competition. With Zlatan Ibrahimovic out of this game for Manchester United, they will have to rely on the talented youngsters Martial and Rashford up front, with great support from the likes of Pogba, Mkhitariyan in the midfield. Manchester United have managed to lose just 1 out of their last 22 games in all competitions, which was a narrow 1-0 loss to Chelsea in the FA Cup. Man United’s biggest weakness has been away from home where they have conceded in 55% of their games in all competitions, and that goes up to 67% in the Europa League. Their recent form has seen them concede in 7 out of their last 11 away games. United are expected to start with Sergio Romero in goal who has been guilty of lapses in concentration, giving others a chance to score like against Anderlecht in their last round.

Both teams will look at the first leg as a critical element to secure qualification to the finals, and Celta will look to home advantage while Man United will want to take something from this game. I am expecting a lot of goals.

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